More than 60 items are available through an online auction set-up by the Detroit Lakes Police Department until July 20 when bids begin to close at 7 p.m.

Recovered property, in cases where the owner could not be located, and some seized items from criminal cases will be available for bids through Trinity Auction Company, based in Park Rapids.

"All of (the auction items) are recovered property that the police department has been holding for some period of time," said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steven Todd. "Once we determine that we are unable to return it to an owner, we're unable to find the owner to match the property up with, we continue to hold it for a period that is dictated by statute, and if we cannot find an owner then we end up selling it at an auction."

The recovered items are held by police for between 60 to 90 days depending on the item, Todd said. Items seized from criminal cases are usually held for a while longer and would depend on if the case is being prosecuted or not, he added.

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According to a city official, the proceeds raised in the online auction with go into the Detroit Lakes Police Department's equipment fund, which is used to pay for police cars, larger pieces of equipment and other tools for the officers.

Items featured in the police auction are:

  • two-dozen bicycles of various brands
  • fishing equipment and outdoors clothing
  • multiple vacuum sealers
  • free weights
  • tactical flashlights
  • wireless shower speakers
  • multiple personal safes
  • power tools
  • vehicle accessories

Minimum bids for the auction items start at $3, but are expected to rise as more people bid on the items.